Compared to most recent years, when for example I recorded 165 species in the county in 2011, 187 in 2012 and 173 in 2013, this has been a particularly poor one with just 157 species recorded by mid December - one of my worst years on record


It's all over - 2012 has come to an end. I managed a total of 187 out of the 198 species recorded all told in Buckinghamshire - 94% of the total - probably my highest-ever annual tally.

The current record is 191 species achieved in 2006 and held jointly by both Rob Hill and Simon Nichols

Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Three Juvenile ICELAND GULLS roosted this evening at Calvert

After 2 fruitless recent gull watches, tried Calvert BBOWT pre-roost again but too many overflying to sailing lake so moved to watch there. Eventually found THREE first-year ICELAND GULLS, all very pale, almost white plumaged birds. The first one was found at 6:05pm, then another 2 shortly after. Kept checking positions of the 3 and roost nicely spaced side on and settled and without doubt 3. First time ever found or seen 3 white winged gulls at same time. None of these three was the dark plumaged juvenile seen last week so definitely FOUR separate birds recently.

There was a month gap before these birds appeared so I reckon juvenile seen month or so ago was another. Roost intensively watched but that one not seen again, so reckon we've had FIVE birds.

Earlier on BBOWT, 4 male Shoveler and Mink seen swimming from under 2nd hide (Tim Watts)